There hasn’t been much publicity about this nightmarish trial taking place in Philadelphia. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is accused of killing live babies at his clinic, as well as being responsible for the death of a woman he treated.
The UK Mailonline has the details that seem to escape much of our national media:
A medical school graduate has given a graphic account of working at a Philadelphia abortion clinic and how he routinely saw babies born alive and then killed with scissors
Stephen Massof, 50, of Pittsburgh, was giving evidence at the trial of his former boss Kermit Gosnell on Thursday.
Massof, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to the murder of two newborns at the clinic, revealed Thursday that he witnessed an abortion at 26 weeks – two weeks beyond the 24-week limit in the state.
He also claimed he saw about 100 babies born alive and then ‘snipped’ with surgical scissors in the back of the neck, to ensure their ‘demise’.
He also spoke of the gruesome scenes at the clinic which was allegedly found dirty and rundown with rusting surgical instruments.
‘It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place. It is literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body,’ he told NBC.
He also alleges the clinic’s ultrasound machine was manipulated to make fetuses appear smaller and therefore younger.
The graduate explained how his medical degree came from Grenada in the West Indies and he hadn’t completed medical residency when he joined Gosnell in 2003.
After two months he was examining women alone.
But he said he believed the intentions of his boss were honest and that the doctor believed he was helping the women, often extremely poor, who came to him
‘I believe that Dr. Gosnell was honestly trying to help women and protect them from abuse and neglect,’ Massof said.
The trial is in its third week and is expected to last another month.
Eight clinic employees have pleaded guilty to various charges, while a ninth is on trial with Gosnell.
Massof spent five years at the clinic before leaving in 2008 over a dispute with other staffers.
‘I felt like a firemen in hell. I couldn’t put out all the fires,’ he testified.
He was charged with murder three years later, after a 2010 FBI probe of Gosnell’s distribution of painkillers spawned a raid at the clinic, and the more serious abortion case.
Prosecutors allege Gosnell took more than $1 million a year at the clinic where women were charged up to $3,000 for an abortion.
A Grand Jury report said the clinic was crawling with cats and reeking of animal urine and feces.
Furniture and blankets were stained with blood and instruments were not properly sterilized.
Disposable medical supplies were also reused while vital medical equipment such as the defibrillator and EKG machine were ‘generally broken’.
Disturbingly, the report alleged that fetal remains were stuffed into: ‘cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs’.
Tiny baby feet, it is claimed, were discovered in specimen jars, lined up in a macabre collection.
Gosnell’s lawyer denies the murder charge and disputes that any babies were born alive. He also challenges the gestational age of the aborted fetuses, calling them inexact estimates.
The trial continues Monday.
And Americans wonder why there is so much violence in our culture. School shootings, Chicago’s murder sprees and the cheapness of life in general can’t be blamed on guns, but on a mindset that could produce horrors such as these at the Gosnell clinic.
Ace of Spades offers his explanation of why the media shuns this:
“This story exposes faultlines between Democrats, who are by political necessity abortion absolutists, and Independents, who may lean somewhat pro-choice but sure the hell aren’t on board for infanticide. But to report this story at all would put the Democrats in the difficult position of angering its an element of its hardcore single-issue leftist coalition, or alienating independents.
“Thus, the media — which just “wants to report the facts” and “takes no positions on policy questions” and which has no partisan leaning at all — simply doesn’t report the story at all.
“After all, if the public hears of it, they may make The Wrong Decisions.
“You don’t trust children with matches and you don’t trust the American public with information. It’s that simple.”
We Republicans are wrong to think the Dems are a united group while we are fractured. Not true.